Calhoun Community College Announces 2011 Graduation


Calhoun Community College will conduct its 2011 graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 13, 2011, beginning at 6:00 p.m. will take place in the Kelley Gymnasium on the Decatur campus ( with televised overflow inside the Math/Science building).

According to the Calhoun Admissions Office, approximate 350 students plan to participate in the graduation ceremony this week.  A unique feature added to the ceremony three years ago will continue this year – the graduation procession will be led  by bagpiper Ryan Morrison.

Speaker for this year's graduation service is Alabama’s 3rd District Senator, Arthur Orr.  Orr earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.  He is the Vice President and General Counsel for Cook’s Pest Control, Inc in Decatur.

After completing his education, Senator Orr served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the remote Himalayan village of Khandbari, Nepal.  After completing his Peace Corps commitment, he returned to Decatur where he joined the law firm of Harris, Caddell and Shanks, P.C.  Despite his professional success and community involvement, Senator Orr felt led to join Habitat for Humanity International.  He was assigned to establish a new Habitat program in Bangladesh.

Since his return to Decatur in 2001, Senator Orr has become part-owner of several local businesses, primarily involved in real estate development and management.  As an active community leader, he has served as president of the Calhoun Foundation and the Decatur Rotary Club.  In addition, he helped start the Community Free Clinic and has served on several other boards, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Mental Health Center and the Hartselle Development Board.  In addition to his local service, Senator Orr serves as Chairman of the Select Commission on High School Dropouts, on the boards of the Children’s Trust Fund, Southern Growth Policies Board, State Water Commission, the TVA Advisory Board, and the Executive Board for the Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

Senator Orr and his wife Amy have one son, Jack.

During Calhoun’s graduation ceremony, Medallions of Recognition will be presented to several Calhoun employees and for their service to the college, and the College’s Top Ten Students will be recognized.

Earlier in the day on Friday, the annual Candle Lighting Ceremony for the graduates of the College's 2011 Associate Degree Nursing class will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the college's Kelley gymnasium.

For more information about Calhoun's 2011 graduation ceremonies, contact Janet Kincherlow-Martin, Public Affairs and Community Relations, at 256-306-2561.


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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